England; the English people.
the typical Englishman.
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Origin of John Bull
1705–15; named after John Bull, chief character in Arbuthnot's allegory The History of John Bull (1712)
OTHER WORDS FROM John BullJohn Bullish, adjectiveJohn Bullishness, nounJohn Bullism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for John Bull
a personification of England or the English people
a typical Englishman
Derived forms of John BullJohn Bullish, adjectiveJohn Bullishness, nounJohn Bullism, noun
Word Origin for John Bull
C18: name of a character intended to be representative of the English nation in The History of John Bull (1712) by John Arbuthnot
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